Future Earth was launched at the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (‘Rio +20’). It is a ten year international research platform providing the interdisciplinary knowledge needed to support the transition towards a sustainable and equitable world. The Initial Design Executive Summary provides a useful overview of Future Earth.
Future Earth will have a globally distributed secretariat, regional hubs, national committees, and regional groupings for national committees.
Last week, the four UK National academies convened the first meeting of the UK National Committee for Future Earth. The committee’s membership is still under discussion but includes Government Chief Scientific Advisers from across departments, Chief Executives of the Research Councils, with other members to be drawn from business and industry, civil society and NGOs, and early career academics. The committee will provide a discussion platform for relevant communities engaged with Future Earth in the UK.
The committee will build on previous activities undertaken over the last two years by the Royal Society and British Academy.
There are a number of ways you can get involved at the global level – these include attending or hosting events, subscribing to the Future Earth newsletter, following on Facebook and Twitter, and connecting with research projects. Anyone wanting to get involved in Future Earth can find further information on opportunities here. To add your name to the UK Future Earth distribution list or to get involved at the UK level please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.